Jonathan Albon and Sara Alonso take today’s win, Davide Magnini and Sara Alonso lead the overall ranking!
A new race route and new winners! After 42 kilometres of grinding effort, Jonathan Albon (Team The North Face, Great Britain) and Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain) win the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, with its new 2022 version whose course’s finish line is right at the heart of Chamonix. With the Zegama winners absent the Golden Trail World Series overall ranking reveals new leaders: Davide Magnini (Team Salomon, Italy) and Sara Alonso.
Jonathan Albon pushed the limits
New to the Golden Trail World Series, Jonathan Albon was one of the favourites for this Marathon du Mont Blanc. The Brit, reigning World Trail Running Champion, did not disappoint. Never far behind, despite a rocket start from Théo Détienne (Team Salomon, France) and African runners such as Petro Mamu (Team Scarpa, Eritrea), he used his quality climbing and downhill skills to take the lead at Vallorcine, and never gave it back. "I love France, he confided at the finish line. I don’t think I’ve lost in France, after the OCC and the Templiers. So, it’s a good job I’m coming back! I don’t really like the beginning of races because you’re too fresh, and you’re just waiting to get tired. The second half of the race is much better and I can really push in the uphill as well as the downhill. In the final downhill, I saw the camera guys on a bend and lost concentration for a split second and fell, and my calves cramped up afterwards, but I made it and I’m really happy!" Behind him, Davide Magnini also knew how to grit his teeth and pull a fantastic second place, synonymous with top position in the Golden Trail Series overall ranking. "It’s without doubt one of the toughest races I’ve ever run. I didn’t have great sensations at the start, I very quickly had pains all over the place and especially stomach issues. I couldn’t keep the pace in the first uphill to Le Tour, or to Posettes. I was going to throw in the towel at Vallorcine, my legs were killing me, there was nothing, no energy. Then all of a sudden it came back; I could keep the pace and I started moving up the ranking. I’m really pleased with what I managed to do to get this second place, which means I grab first place in the Golden Trail Series overall ranking. Now the plan is to go and get something either at Stranda or Zinal, depending on my recovery." Ruy Ueda (Team Red Bull, Japan) took third place thanks to his lightning-fast last downhill. "The start was really fast, he admitted at the finish line. I tried to keep my own pace without trying to keep up with the others. In Vallorcine I thought I could get into the top 10 but I never imagined getting the podium, I’m really thrilled!"
Sara Alonso validates
In Zegama she hit big by finishing on the podium, Sara Alonso just confirmed her incredible form by winning, for the first time in her career, a Golden Trail World Series race. "It was incredible! I was feeling so good, but I wanted to take it easy until the first big downhill. I knew it was my strong point, and as soon as I could I went all out. Then when I’d taken the lead I started ticking off the kilometres in my head, 20 left to go, 15, now there’s 10. I didn’t want to believe it but I knew it was possible. But in the last downhill I took a huge fall and then I thought "No it’s not possible!" But it was more of a scare than being painful: everything was fine! I’ve been waiting for this victory and I’m super thrilled!". More unexpected was the superb second place from Caitlin Fielder (Team Salomon, New Zealand). "I needed this result for my self-confidence, she confided at the finish. I need to believe in my racing skills and this race has done me a lot of good. We were really close together at the start and I felt I went out way too fast, but I stayed confident and kept the pace up. I didn’t believe in this second place because we all know that anything can happen before the finish line, but I’m so pleased that all my efforts have paid off!" Third place was fought out in a sprint between Dani Moreno (Team Hoka One One/Rabbit, USA) and Anaïs Sabrié (Team Sidas X Matryx, France), which was won by the American. "Oh man, it’s a really hard course, she gasped at the finish line. I left too much of a gap in the first part of the race, I managed to cut the time down but not enough to catch Caitlin and Sara. I’m really happy with the race and to have got this podium spot. Also, the atmosphere was crazy on the trails, and I loved it!"
After this second stage in Chamonix, the Golden Trail World Series is headed to Norway for the Stranda Fjord Trail Race that will take place on 6th August. Will the leaders of the overall ranking be able to keep hold of their places, or will we see new names pop out of the hat?
1 – JONATHAN ALBON (GBR – THE NORTH FACE): 03:35:20 (+200 pts)
2 – DAVIDE MAGNINI (ITA – SALOMON): 03:39:41 (+176 pts)
3 – RUY UEDA (JAP – RED BULL): 03:40:42 (+156 pts)
4 – ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI (MAR – PINI MOUNTAIN RACING): 03:43:19 (+144 pts)
5 – THIBAUT BARONIAN (FRA – SALOMON): 03:47:27 (+136 pts)
1 – SARA ALONSO (ESP – SALOMON): 04:14:49 (+200 pts)
2 – CAITLIN FIELDER (NZL – SALOMON): 04:20:21 (+ 176 pts)
3 – DANI MORENO (USA – HOKA ONE ONE/RABBIT): 04:21:52 (+ 156 pts)
4 – ANAÏS SABRIÉ (FRA – TEAM SIDAS X MATRYX): 04:22:10 (+144 pts)
5 – MARCELA VASINOVA (CZE – SALOMON): 04:24:35 (+136 pts)
Check out the Marathon du Mont-Blanc 2022 results here:
Find the Golden Trail World Series 2022 overall ranking here: https://goldentrailseries.com/series/gtws.htm
The Golden Trail Series TV episodes will be released on Golden Trail TV from 11th January 2023.
30th October 2022, Start 9:00 AM, 30.5 KM, 1,555M V+ FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL Rémi Bonnet and Allie McLaughlin finish the year in style by winning the last stage in the GTWS 2022 Grand Final!
29th October 2022, Start 9:00 AM, 26.2 KM, 1,940M V+ CURRAL DAS FREIRAS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL By winning the fourth stage of the Grand Final in Madeira, Rémi Bonnet and Nienke Brinkman are the definitive winners of the Golden Trail World Series 2022!
28th October 2022, Start 5:00 PM, 6.6KM, 350M V+ CANIÇAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL In a short but intense time trial Elhousine Elazzaoui and Nienke Brinkman demonstrated their speed.
27th October 2022, Start 9:00 AM, 26.6KM, 1,425M V+ SEIXAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL Rémi Bonnet and Nienke Brinkman strengthen their leads by winning the second stage of the Madeira Ocean&Trails® Stage Race.
26th October 2022, Start 9:00 AM, 24.5KM, 1,540M V+ SEIXAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL Rémi Bonnet and Allie McLaughlin win the first of the five stages of the Madeira Ocean&Trails® Stage Race, the Golden Trail Series Grand Final.
Newlyweds and currently both ranked in the Golden Trail World Series top 10, Tabor and Eli Hemming are treating themselves to a dream honeymoon in Madeira at the Golden Trail World Series!
Currently second in the GTWS overall ranking, Sophia Laukli is THE women’s revelation this trail-running season. She hesitated a long time about participating in the final, which is very close to her ski season, but she has at last decided she will come to Madeira!
From 26th to 30th October 2022, 5 stages, 109KM, 7,382M V+ Madeira, PORTUGAL / After 6 exhilarating legs in Europe and the USA, the world’s top trail runners will be in Madeira from 26th to 30th October to fight it out on the Madeira Ocean&Trails® Stage Race, in the Golden Trail Series Grand Final.
After Mark Kangogo’s official disqualification for testing positive for two substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), we wanted to pass the floor to Pierre Sallet from the Athletes For Transparency Association (AFT) – at the origin of the Health Programme, – to explain the Programme’s precise role, which is now used by the world’s biggest trail running races (Golden Trail Series, UTMB® Mont-Blanc, etc.) and more broadly in sport in general.
Mark Kangogo having accepted his suspension after controlling positive for two substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the official winner of 2023 Sierre-Zinal is now Andreu Blanes!
On Monday 10th October 2022, the GTS was informed by the Sierre-Zinal Executive Committee that disciplinary proceedings have been brought against the men’s winner of the 2022 edition.
25th September 2022, Start 7:30AM, 26KM, 1,266M V+ FLAGSTAFF, USA Rémi Bonnet and Nienke Brinkman both take the win at the last race of the season and are now leading the Golden Trail World Series before the Grand Final on Madeira Island.
Second in the 2021 GTWS, Francesco Puppi had a difficult start to the season after suffering several elbow injuries. But he proved at Pikes Peak: he is back!
After 8th place at Sierre-Zinal, Danial Osanz just finished an eye-popping 2nd place at the Pikes Peak Ascent, the 5th stage of the GTWS.
17th September 2022, Start 7:00 AM, 21KM, 2,382M V+ MANITOU SPRINGS, USA Rémi Bonnet and Nienke Brinkman win the 5th stage of the Golden Trail World Series
After finishing 3rd at the European Championships – Marathon, Nienke Brinkman is now targeting the Golden Trail World Series podium!
On the sidelines of the 5th stage of the Golden Trail World Series, Rémi Bonnet just beat the record on the legendary Incline at Manitou Springs!
13th August 2022, Start 11:00AM, 31KM, 2,200M V+ SIERRE, SWITZERLAND Esther Chesang took victory at the 4th stage of the GTWS. To finance her trip she sold solidarity bracelets to raise a total of 1,400 euros.
13th August 2022, Start 11:00AM, 31KM, 2,200M V+ SIERRE, SWITZERLAND 5th at Sierre-Zinal this weekend, Kilian Jornet couldn’t find his groove due to cramping!
De pasarse cinco meses afectado por la tercera vacuna contra la Covid a segundo en Sierre Zinal.
13th August 2022, Start 11:00AM, 31KM, 2,200M V+ SIERRE, SWITZERLAND The Kenyans Esther Chesang and Mark Kangogo won the 4th stage of the GTWS, a first time for African runners!
Just before the Marathon du Mont-Blanc and after Zegama, Greg Vollet, Director of the Golden Trail World Series, was interviewed by the website lookcharms.com. Greg talks openly about the origins of the GTWS project and of what he's trying to do to grow the trail running sport on a worldwide scale and showcase the athletes.
Les deux coureurs français ont déjà brillé à Sierre-Zinal et ont de grandes ambitions pour cette quatrième étape de la Golden Trail Wold Series.
España tiene hasta cuatro corredores en el top-10 de la GTWS y todos ellos estarán en Sierre Zinal
Les deux coureurs suisses Rémi Bonnet et Maude Mathys font partie des favoris sur l’une des courses les plus mythiques du monde.
13TH AUGUST 2022, Start 11:00 AM, 31 KM, 2,200M V+ SIERRE, SWITZERLAND For the 4th stage of the Golden Trail World Series takes place at Sierre-Zinal and welcomes an unprecedented stacked field!
The surprise winner of the Golden Trail World Series 3rd stage, Sophia Laukli, proved her place in international trail running!
6TH AUGUST 2022, 11am start, 25 km, 1,700 m elevation gain STRANDA, NORWAY The Golden Trail World Series went to a Nordic country for the first time in its history! This weekend, the Stranda Fjord Trail Race was the 3rd leg of the world trail cup. A physically and technically demanding race that attracted the world’s best athletes to Scandinavia for the event.
En terminant sur le podium de la Stranda Fjord Trail Race, 3e manche de la Golden Trail World Series, Emelie Forsberg a prouvé qu’elle était de retour.
6TH August 2022, Start 11:00 AM, 25KM, 1,700M V+ STRANDA, NORWAY Jonathan Albon and Sophia Laukli win the Golden Trail World Series’ most technical race!
Famous for his technical skills, Anders Kjaerevik is running tomorrow at the Stranda Fjord Trail Race, on home ground. He might be confident about being able to bag a top 10 place, but he’s more interested in highlighting the importance of having a Golden Trail World Series stage to be able to promote trail running in Norway.
After a difficult start to the season, Bart Przedwojewski enters the Golden Trail World Series 2022 at the Stranda Fjord Trail Race, and we can certainly say that the winner of the Golden Trial Championship in 2020 has big ambitions.
Jonathan Albon and Sara Alonso take today’s win, Davide Magnini and Sara Alonso lead the overall ranking!
Le brouillard tarde à se dissiper au-dessus du lac de Guerlédan. Un son amplifié d’une sono lointaine fend la brume qui recouvre le parc de l’Abbaye de Bon Repos. Près de 1 000 vaillants traileurs ont accepté le défi breton du Trail de Guerlédan, deuxième manche de la Golden Trail National Series ; un défi repoussé pour certains depuis deux ans pour raisons sanitaires. Un œil sur la ligne de départ révèle de grands absents : les têtes d’affiche de la première étape – l’Ergysport Trail du Ventoux – n’ont pas fait le déplacement jusqu’en Bretagne, à l’exception de Enzo Ratti (Esprit Volcans - 10e au Ventoux) et Anthony Boucard (Team Moonvalley - 18e). Une startlist qui annonçait donc de beaux combats en course et de belles opportunités à saisir.
For the 2022 season, we will release two episodes for each of the 6 stages and the final. In the pre race podcast, we'll discuss race details, athlete's insight, and what to expect during the live video coverage on race day. In the post race podcast, we'll analyse the race highlights, and dive back into the race experience together with the male and female winners.
After four amazing seasons, the Golden Trail World Series returns in 2022 with new ambitions. They include: supporting athletes in their quest to become professionals and above all making trail running a must-see, televisual event.
After an epic week in the Azores, Janelle Lincks and Darren Thomas win the GTNS 2021 Grand Final and three Golden Tickets to be able to compete at the highest international level on 3 of the Golden Trail Championship 2022 rac
Jan Margarit and Nienke Brikman explode the Skyrhune records at the last stage of the Golden Trail World Series.
Maude Mathys and Francesco Puppi are victorious at the Grand Final in El Hierro, Maude Mathys and Stian Angermund win the overall ranking.